Anti-PDD protesters block Tral-Awantipora road

The residents of Hurdmir in South Kashmir's Tral Sub- district on Thursday staged a demonstration against the Power Development Department (PDD) for “failing to repair” a power transformer damaged 25 days ago.
Anti-PDD protesters block Tral-Awantipora road
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The residents of Hurdmir in South Kashmir's Tral Sub- district on Thursday staged a demonstration against the Power Development Department (PDD) for "failing to repair" a power transformer damaged 25 days ago.

The protestors, including women and children, blocked main Tral-Dardsara road, thereby hampering traffic movement for hours together.

"Our village is reeling under darkness as PDD has failed to repair the transformer damaged 25 days ago. We are facing a lot of difficulties due to unavailability of electricity in this harsh winter," said Mohammad Shaban, a protestor.

The protesters said that the 100 KV transformer installed in their locality often receives technical snags because it fails to bear the load of 56 families.

"Our repeated plea of installing 250 KV Transformer before concerned authorities is being ignored repeatedly, therefore we decided today to come on roads, so that our voices are heard," they said.

Meanwhile, road blockade has caused massive traffic jam in the area that has forced passengers to take the journeys by foot.

Commenting over the issue, Assistant Executive Engineer PDD Sub-Division Tral said that the transformer was damaged due to extensive load.

The transformer is already being repaired at central private workshop and will be re-installed in few days, he added.

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